For the sixth time in five months, one of the Detroit Lions’ young players has been arrested.
This time, it was Aaron Berry, who is in line to take over as a starting cornerback this season.
Berry was arrested Saturday morning in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pa., for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol plus two counts of causing accidental damage to an unattended vehicle or property and two counts of failure to stop and give information to law enforcement, according to Detroit television station WXYZ.
The other players arrested this offseason include running back Mikel Leshoure (twice for possession of marijuana), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (once for marijuana possession, once for DUI) and offensive tackle Johnny Culbreath (marijuana possession).
Berry, 24, is entering his third year in the league while Leshoure, Fairley and Culbreath were all 2011 draft picks.
WXYZ-TV reported that the car Berry was driving struck other parked vehicles and that Berry walked away from the scene. A witness, however, followed him and called police.
Berry then refused a breathalyzer test and was not cooperative when asked for his personal information during the booking process, a source told the television station.
The Lions’ organization released the following statement: “We are extremely disappointed in the reports involving Aaron Berry and the incident in Pennsylvania this past weekend.
“This is not the standard of behavior we expect from any member of our organization. We have strongly and repeatedly emphasized the need to be accountable on and off the field, which makes this incident with Aaron all the more disappointing. We will have further comments regarding this situation when appropriate.”
Berry also released a statement through his agent, which read: “I want to offer a sincere apology to the Lions organization, Lions fans, the coaches and all my teammates for my actions this past weekend. This is not the example I want to set for young people and it’s certainly not what my team and coaches expect from me. I promise to do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I understand these are just words and it will be my future actions that ultimately will speak for me.”
The Lions finished up a mini-camp two weeks ago and report for the regular training camp in a month.